It was early April, and the tulips had barely poked out of the ground, so this wasn't an optimal time to visit. But neither of us had been before, so we considered this a little scouting trip. In one "lawn/prairie" section there were some tiny flowers blooming, really one of the few things flowering at all.
This was gonna be a lovely place to visit once everything was blooming.
A few of the other things that were blooming at the time - dwarf irises. We have some similar irises (Siberian irises) on the homestead, and they're usually the first thing every Spring to bloom.
There was a lovely pond and bridge, and walking trails ran through the entire property. Behind Alycia there was a vigorous Canada Goose fight/gangland rumble going on. The details of the fight are sketchy, but it was indeed a throwdown if there ever was.
This is the maple syrup collection machinery and tubing that runs back up into the woods to collect sap. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to cook down to a gallon of syrup.
Even though we missed syrup time and not much was blooming, this was a highly successful scouting trip. We'll be coming back to the University Of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum at a future date and checking out all the cool plants.